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S’il est difficile pour le fan de résister à l’envie de cracher sur cette sortie trop marketing et fainéante pour être honnête, force est de reconnaître que la puissance ludique de Resident Evil est toujours aussi prégnante 13 ans après. Pour 30 euros, difficile de passer à côté de ce monument de l’histoire du jeu vidéo pour qui n’avait jamais sauté le pas. Les autres regarderont la boîte avec envie, avant de se raviser in extremis ; pourquoi racheter un jeu que l’on possède déjà ?
A re-release of the GameCube remake, which remains a masterclass in atmosphere after all these years.
As excellent as Resident Evil Archives is, it's incredibly hard to recommend. It features incredible visuals, is an update of one of the greatest survival-horror games ever made, and it's even as engrossing now as when it first appeared on the GameCube seven years ago. However, aside from a few control choices, Capcom has done absolutely nothing to it, meaning you might as well pick up the GameCube version that can be found for a quarter of the price.
As much of a shame as it is that Capcom hasn't bothered to enhance Resident Evil in any meaningful sense, there's no denying that this ageing relic remains one of the high points from the old generation of survival horror titles. Boasting an intense atmosphere, satisfying puzzles and nail-biting combat, it's a game that will linger long in the memory for those who succumb to its dark allure. If you missed out on this the first or even second time around, then now's the time to pick up a true classic - at the right price.
Resident Evil Archives retails on Wii for $29.99, about $10 more than it should cost since it's a seven-year-old remake of a game from 1996. Still, it's a reduced price tag compared to most Wii games and despite the lack of any real changes from the GCN version -- this is very much the same effort, 4:3 mode and all -- it's still a hell of an experience. It remains the scariest survival horror adventure I've played and those frights are complemented by very pretty pre-rendered visuals that hold up even by today's standards. The controls, however, dating back 13 years now, seem more archaic and fundamentally broken than ever. If you purchase Archives as a collector's item, you will undoubtedly have already played it previously and know what to expect. If you're new to the game, though, you will almost certainly find the configuration dated and disappointingly unintuitive.
Bien que le jeu n'ait rien perdu de son imposante stature, on ne peut que regretter que Capcom se soit borné à adapter vite fait bien fait ce classique de l'horreur sur Wii. Cependant, si la note sanctionne cette prise de position opportuniste, il n'en reste pas moins que ce remake survole les âges avec une aisance déconcertante. Beau à pleurer, étonnamment homogène, sacralisant tout ce qu'on peut attendre d'un remake, Resident Evil reste plus que jamais l'épisode à découvrir pour celles et ceux ayant entendu parler de Chris, Jill et Wesker avec Resident Evil 5.
Heb je Resident Evil na al die jaren nog steeds niet gespeeld dan is dit wel een uitgelezen kans om het toch eens te proberen. Verwacht zeker geen al te makkelijk spel, maar wel een heerlijk luguber sfeertje in één van de grondleggers van het horror/survival-genre. Je krijgt in vergelijking met de GameCube-editie wel weinig nieuws voorgeschoteld, maar deze klassieker heeft in mijn ogen ook niet veel extra's nodig.
Se da una parte è innegabile vedere Resident Evil Archives come una facile operazione commerciale, d'altro canto la sua ristampa su Wii permette a quella parte più giovane ed inesperta della console Nintendo di godersi un ottimo remake dell'indimenticabile primo capitolo della serie. Il prezzo abbordabile lo preserva da critiche che altrimenti sarebbero pesate come macigni (su tutte la persistenza di un sistema di controllo preistorico), anche se rimane il fatto che questa versione non ha assolutamente nulla da offrire a chiunque abbia già giocato all'originale su Gamecube.
Official Nintendo Magazine
There's no doubting the quality of the game but veterans really won't be getting anything new here, so we can only recommend this to players who have yet to see where it all started. And even they might find the controls long past their sell by date.
Cheat Code Central
Having multiple control options, not having to change out tiny discs midway through the game, and having better audio are definitely pluses, but I don’t think they are big enough improvements to merit picking up this title if you already own the GameCube version. However, if you for some reason didn’t get around to checking it out before, at thirty dollars REA is a great deal and will provide you with countless hours of RE goodness. Of course, you do still need to be willing to put up with the not so great side of classic RE games including tank controls, fixed camera angles, and an unforgiving save system. Though, if those don’t sound like major problems to you and you don’t already have the RE remake on the GameCube, then this would definitely be a worthwhile purchase.
Anyone that picked this up on the GameCube should ignore Resident Evil Archives since it is, for all intents and purposes, the exact same game. However, considering the Wii installed ownership is far in advance of the humble GC, this is a perfect chance for those who missed out first time round to experience why the Resident Evil franchise is so revered. A true classic survival horror title that still manages to shine brightly in today's market...
Resident Evil è e resterà per sempre un capolavoro, ma ciò non toglie che questo remake, privo di qualsiasi miglioria rispetto alla sua precedente edizione per GameCube (che ricordiamo, fu rilasciata oltre 5 anni fa) appaia come una squallida mossa commerciale, volta ad approfittare dell’amore incondizionato degli appassionati verso questo celebre franchise. Nel caso in cui vi foste persi l’edizione per GC, Archives saprà senz’altro regalarvi grandi soddisfazioni, ma in caso contrario fareste meglio ad orientarvi altrove.